SPECIAL NOTE: Try to watch NHK News, coming from Japan, and within a short time you will learn one thing and one thing only: Japan is a country of traditions…traditions control, determine, decide what is going on in Japan today…that means, for years they have been talking talking talking about allowing foreigners to work in Japan, but in reality, Japanese do not care about you, unless, unless you are willing to speak Japanese! Get that into your head if you every want to work in Japan! They learn English, they send their kids to study in America, but as one Japanese student told me (he was my son’s roommate in college)…”When I return to Japan, I do not have to speak one word of English, Because you have to speak Japanese to me, etc!” This is Japan, good luck to you if you want to work in Japan…I remember reading, long ago, there is a settlement of Chinese from mainland China who have lived for decades in Japan, and the Japanese government still do not allow them to be Japanese citizens! This is Japan! Have you heard of Japanese welcoming refugees to Japan? Ahahahahahhaha! Remember the end of the Vietnam war, when many Vietnamese tried to escape from communist rule? Did Japan welcome the boat people who had escaped from Vietnam??? If you read something positive about Japan and refugees, please send it to me. Will you? It is in some strange ways, a very isolated country! If you speak Japanese, you are welcome to live and work in Japan! Steve September 12, 2018
s‘We are opening up our country’: Japan minister says country welcomes foreign workers
Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Tokyo is working on a new permit system
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 September, 2018 Associated Press
Japan is preparing to accept more foreign workers as its own population is on the brink of a steep decline, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said on Thursday.
Kono told a World Economic Forum meeting in Hanoi that Japan gains “value added” by accepting foreigners, especially since its ageing population and low birth rate mean the country is shrinking by half a million people a year.
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“We cannot sustain our society like that,” he said in response to a question during a panel discussion. “We are opening up our country. We are opening up our labour market to foreign countries. We are now trying to come up with a new work permit policy so I think everyone shall be welcome in Japan if they are willing to assimilate into Japanese society.”
Japan has traditionally resisted accepting migrant workers, at times easing such restrictions but then re-imposing them during economic downturns. Many Japanese are uncomfortable with outsiders who might not speak their language or conform to expectations for how to behave.
Still, there are millions of foreigners living in Japan, including those who work in technical training-related programmes or labour-short industries such as restaurants, construction and elderly care.
The country has gradually been loosening restrictions to enable families to hire domestic helpers. It also has short programmes for foreign nurses from Indonesia and other countries. But language requirements have made long-term employment in such jobs difficult.
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Kono cited sport stars including tennis sensation Naomi Osaka, the daughter of a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, as an example of the benefits of welcoming outsiders. Osaka, who was born in Japan but raised in the United States, is being lauded by Japanese as the first player from the country to win a grand slam singles tennis title.
“It’s good to have diversity. It’s good to have an open policy,” Kono said.
This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print